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Wireless pushbutton station for paging and alarm notification

22 July 2009

IDC’s new ZB113 wireless push button station is a robust operator station typically for use in manufacturing processes, for parts calling, paging, supervisor calling, forklift paging, alarms and many more. A programmable device, the ZB113 is battery powered and operates via wireless communication, removing the need for an external power supply or separate control cables. Its extremely low power consumption enables the unit to operate for years, without the need to replace batteries in most applications.

The latest addition to IDC’s ZB ZigBee-based range of wireless products, the ZB113 integrates up to four pushbuttons in a wall- mounted, rugged IP54 enclosure. The device is programmable and connects to other ZB (ZigBee) devices, or to a central server using a ZB104/3 Gateway. An OPC interface is also available for connection to Programmable Logic Controllers and SCADA systems.

The ZB113 push button station uses the wireless ZigBee network, operating at 2.4GHz on a licence free IEEE 802.15.4 international standard. This allows the connection of hundreds of devices together in highly reliable, security- encrypted mesh networks using gateways, router and end devices (usually battery powered). As ZigBee is a full- blown telemetry system in its own right, the ZB113 is supported by a family of modules, including Ethernet and serial gateways, routers, logic and serial controllers, hand-held keypads, key fobs with touch-screen, and analogue general purpose modules, which are to be introduced shortly

A complete system-on-a-chip, the ZB113 employs the latest industry standard 32 MHz 8-bit microcontroller and offers the user 8kB RAM, 128kB Flash, and optional SPI memory (up to 2Mbyte). The device uses bi-directional message routing between remote access points and centralised IT facilities, and is able to operate in electrically noisy industrial environments using low cost, low power robust networks.

In addition to its primary function, the ZB113 can also be used in conjunction with IDC’s ZB111 barcode reader, ZB108 Microcontroller and software integration platform, providing a system that enables companies to track and manage manufacturing operations and parts flow.

IDC is supporting its ZigBee range of products with complementary software applications including “over- the- air” programming, data logging, remote control and position tracking. Importantly for users of the ZigBee range, IDC are is not reliant on third- party software providers; hardware, application firmware, PC- based software and server applications are all designed in-house by IDC software engineers at the company’s headquarters in Derby.

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